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Stephanie & Patrick’s Hip Hop Wedding at Bay 7 in Durham, NC

 

 

 

It was all smiles at Stephanie & Patrick’s wedding at Bay 7 in Durham, NC and we’re so glad to have been able to provide the DJ service, lighting and photo booth on their wedding day.  We’re also super pumped to share some images from one of our all-time favorite wedding photographers of their wedding by Connections Photography!

Their reception started off with the new couple and their very dapper wedding party walking in to the beautiful Bay 7 ballroom at the American Tobacco Campus with House of Pain’s “Jump Around” setting the perfect mood for the PARTY to come. The newlyweds took the dance floor to share their first dance as a married couple to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds which is a fabulous song for a first dance.

The amazing dinner by the highly acclaimed Angus Barn was served and the Empty Pockets Band took over with their amazing performance.  Stephanie & Patrick really wanted to hit it hard after dinner so the band took the rest of the night off!

After some very special and entertaining toasts by Stephanie’s sisters and Patrick’s Father, Patrick invited his Step-Mom out for a really touching dance to “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw. Then Stephanie and her father shared the dance floor to “Pintame” by Elvis Crespo which was a lot of fun and transitioned into a dance with the groom and is Mom to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.  We broke open the dance floor with “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire but quickly to a ton of great hip-hop by Nelly, Young Joc, Fetty Wap, French Montana, Lil’ Wayne, Petey Pablo, Flo Rida, Lil Jon and a whole bunch more.  It was an intense and crazy dance floor especially with the uplights going hard to turn Bay 7 into a night club for the night!

Patrick and Stephanie designed their timeline to maximize time spent on the dance floor, and I’m really glad they did! Their friends and family kept dancing the entire time, all the way up to the last song of the evening, “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show. It was a fitting song to capture the mood of pure joy and celebration of this wedding. Congratulations and best wishes go out to Stephanie and Patrick!

Check out Stephanie & Patrick’s Professional Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue: Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus 

Coordinator: The Angus Barn

Photographer: Connections Photography

Caterer: The Angus Barn

Wedding Cake Baker: Cakes by Chloe

Photo Booth: All Around Raleigh DJ

Florist: Teacup Floral

Band for Cocktail Hour: Empty Pockets Band

Videographer: AK Focus – Andrew Kennedy Cinematography

Makeup: n/a

Wedding Lighting: All Around Raleigh DJ

Stephanie & Daniel’s Train Station Wedding at 305 Trackside in Southern Pines, NC


We’re back with another amazing wedding that we got to DJ for!  It was all smiles at Stephanie & Daniel’s wedding at 305 Trackside and we’re so glad to have been able to provide the music for their day.  We’re too excited to share some of our favorite images of their wedding by Jennifer B Photography!

The night opened up with some light acoustic music for the cocktail hour which allowed everyone to catch up and have a few drinks as the newlyweds took photos with their bridal party and family.  We brought everyone in to the reception area and then introduced the parents and bridal party to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder but changed it up to, one of our favorites, “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone to introduce the Bride & Groom. Stephanie’s Dad said a very nice welcome speech then Daniel’s Dad said a blessing to open up dinner. Dinner was served with Motown, oldies, light, upbeat, classic soul and jazz gave the occasion a timeless touch, allowing guests to share memories and enjoy the delicious cuisine from 39 West Catering.

After beautiful toasts from the Bride’s brother and then the Best Man, the newlyweds took the dance floor to share their first dance as a married couple to “Baby, I Need Your Loving” by The Four Tops.  Stephanie and her Dad then danced their Father/Daughter Dance to an instrumental version of “Perfect” by Ed Sheehan followed by the Mother/Son Dance to “Wonder of You” by Elvis . We opened up the dance floor with the Anniversary Dance and it was immediately clear that Stephanie and Daniel’s guests came to celebrate!  We happily obliged and had a really great night of dancing and celebrating this amazing couple.

Stephanie and Daniel designed their timeline to maximize time spent on the dance floor, and I’m really glad they did! Their friends and family kept dancing the entire time, all the way up to the last song of the evening, “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede. It was a fitting song to capture the mood of pure joy and celebration of this wonderful couple’s wedding. The night ended with a very fun sparkler exit. Congratulations and best wishes, Stephanie and Daniel!

Here is Stephanie & Daniel’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue:  305 Trackside

Photographer: Jennifer B. Photography

Coordinator: A Lovely Affair Weddings

Caterer: 39 West Catering

Wedding Cake Baker: C Cups Cupcakes 

Ceremony Musician: Winifred G Harpest 

Rentals: Ward Productions 

Florist: Specialties Events

Makeup: Sunshine Artistry

 

 

 

Gin & Perry’s Party Wedding at Belt Line Station in Durham, NC

Gin & Perry had the most amazing, blow-out, party wedding of their dreams at Belt Line Station!  This was one wild and fun wedding and we got to supply the playlist for a very memorable night.  Please check out the amazing work by Ariel Kaitlin Photography below.

To start their cocktail hour and set the tone, Gin & Perry wanted some 80’s music, blues and some great rock classics. We brought them into their reception to 24K Magic by Bruno Mars and it just about brought the venue down!  Gin & Perry chose ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green for their first dance as a married couple. The dinner playlist was a really fun playlist of James Taylor, Leon Bridges, Ray LaMontagne, Lauryn Hill, Michael Buble and more. When dinner was just about finished, Gin & Perry played The Shoe Game to throw even more fun into the night.  We opened up the dance floor after toasts and it was packed immediately and stayed that way all night long.  This was a really, really fun wedding and Gin & Perry had a lot of fun planning their day and we had a great time working with them.

Here is Gin & Perry’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue:  Belt Line Station

Photographer:  Ariel Kaitlin Photography

Florist:  Petal & Oak

Caterer:  Belt Line Station

Pies and Tarts Baker: Belt Line Station

 

Kelly & Steven’s Sweet Wedding at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly & Steven had their wonderful, classic and fun wedding at The Sutherland wedding venue in Wake Forest, NC on a gorgeous summer day and we got to help make it a great day for them!  Please check out the amazing work by Carolyn Scott Photography below.

The couple’s wedding ceremony was on the beautiful and intimate front lawn of The Sutherland.  The cocktail hour was on the back patio and the reception was in the pavilion.  The ceremony music was acoustic covers of contemporary songs like ‘Latch’ and ‘Fast Car’.

To start their reception, we got their guests a little fired up and brought everyone in to the carriage house. Steven and Kelly are huge Game of Thrones fans so we played the intro to G.O.T. for their Grande Entrance and they had an absolute blast with it. Kelly & Steven chose ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by Sleeping at Last (great cover!). The dinner playlist was classic, timeless music style similar to Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. Their dancing playlist included Pitbull, Sia, DJ Kool and other old-school hits, MGMT.  Along with the wonderful vendors below, we helped throw this amazing couple a great wedding reception full of dancing and laughter.  After a few hours, things got more and more fun and everyone really got into partying so at the very last minute the bride and groom chose to really close it out strong with ‘Shots!’ by LMFAO ft Lil Jon and the dance floor just about blew up!

Here is Kelly & Steven’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue:  The Sutherland

Photographer:  Carolyn Scott Photography

Florist:  Fresh Affairs

Wedding Cake:  Ashley Cakes

Caterer:  Rocky Top Catering

Hair and Makeup:  Makeup for Your Day

Lighting and Arbor:  Themeworks Creative

Rentals:  CE Rentals

 

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

 

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Vivian & Edward’s Dinosaur Wedding at Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC

Red Bridge Photography – Vivian & Edward’s Wedding at Museum of Life and Science – Dinosaurs!

Vivian & Edward’s wedding at the Museum of Life and Science was really amazing and special in so many ways!  This was a really unique venue that we didn’t know too much about but, as you can, it is pretty obvious why this great couple chose this spot.  Where else can you have your photos taken with a T-Rex on the Dinosaur Trail and with butterflies in the Magic Wings Butterfly House!

As you’ll see in the wonderful photos from Red Bridge Photography below, the couple went with a very pretty green accents which really brought in the lush scenery surrounding the museum.  The newlyweds got time to take their photos in the butterfly house and had their ceremony out on the grass right in front of the building.  Very stunning!

The vendor team below was spectacular to work with.  Everyone pitched in and worked so hard to make this wedding seamless for Vivian & Edward and their friends and family.  Please visit them and tell them that they rock!

 

Here is Vivian & Edward’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue: Museum of Life and Science

Photographer: Red Bridge Photography

Florist: University Florist

Wedding Cake: Sugarland, Chapel Hill

Caterer: Catering by Design

Hair Stylist: Tiffany Weaver

Red Bridge Photography – Vivian & Edward’s Wedding at Museum of Life and Science – Dinosaurs!

Red Bridge Photography – Vivian & Edward’s Wedding at Museum of Life and Science

Red Bridge Photography – Vivian & Edward’s Wedding at Museum of Life and Science

Red Bridge Photography – Vivian & Edward’s Wedding at Museum of Life and Science

Red Bridge Photography – Vivian & Edward’s Wedding at Museum of Life and Science

Red Bridge Photography – Vivian & Edward’s Wedding at Museum of Life and Science

Red Bridge Photography – Vivian & Edward’s Wedding at Museum of Life and Science

Red Bridge Photography – Vivian & Edward’s Wedding at Museum of Life and Science

Red Bridge Photography – Vivian & Edward’s Wedding at Museum of Life and Science

Red Bridge Photography – Vivian & Edward’s Wedding at Museum of Life and Science

Red Bridge Photography – Vivian & Edward’s Wedding at Museum of Life and Science

 

Tiffany & Andy’s Stunning Wedding at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, NC

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Tiffany & Andy’s wedding at North Ridge Country Club was simply gorgeous and we’re so honored to be a part of it!  We worked with this couple for their wedding soundtrack had a great time with them and the amazing team of vendors that made this day incredible.

Tiffany & Andy’s wedding was the perfect combination of style and fun. North Ridge Country Club lent its beautiful ballroom while the wedding couple brought their love of classic rock, modern pop and eclectic tunes. Their first dance was the perfect mix of elegance and light-hearted fun with “At Last” by Sundance Head.

We always encourage couples to let their personal preferences shine through and dinner and cocktail hour are great times to pick songs and bands that are important to you but maybe aren’t designed for the dance floor. Tiffany and Andy didn’t disappoint and really set a great mood with their choices.

After dinner, Tiffany’s brother-in-law treated everyone to some sing-a-longs at the grand piano that sits in the ballroom at North Ridge. This really got everyone loosened up and ready to dance and dance they did! We even got to play a short set of 80’s hair band rock!

Tiffany and Andy absolutely struck just the right balance between black-tie and laid-back that was right for them! It was a pleasure helping them celebrate with their friends and family and I wish them many more dances to come!

Here is Tiffany & Andy’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue: North Ridge Country Club

Photographer: Azul Photography

Florist:  Watered Garden Florist

Wedding Cake:  Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Wedding Ceremony Musicians:  Florian Music

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Last Song of Your Wedding Ideas and Grand Exit Song Choices

Wedding Reception Last Song and Grand Exit Ideas

 

As much as I hate it when the party is ending, this is the song that they will all be singing in the car on the way to the hotel or to the bars so we have got to make it good!  I hope you enjoy this list and get some good ideas for your own wedding.

 

1.  Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

2.  Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

3.  Carolina In My Mind – James Taylor

4.  Time Of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

5.  Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks

6.  Evacuate The Dance Floor – Cascada

7.  New York, New York – Frank Sinatra

8.  How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You – James Taylor

9.  One Love – Marley

10.  All Night Long – Lionel Richie

11.  We Go Together – (From Grease)

12.  Save The Last Dance For Me – Michael Buble

13.  Stand By Me – Ben E King

14.  Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

15.  I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

16.  Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles

17.  Bye Bye Bye – N’Sync

18.  Home – Phillip Phillips

19.  Party Rock – LMFAO

20.  Glad You Came – The Wanted

21.  Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra

22.  Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks

23.  Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

24.  Brown Eyed Girl  – Van Morrison

25.  Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses

26.  Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

27.  What I Got – Sublime

28.  My Own Worst Enemy – Lit

29.  Shout – Isley Brothers

30.  Piano Man – Billy Joel

31.  I Would Walk 500 Miles – Proclaimers

32.  Wonderful Tonight – Clapton

33.  Time of my life – David Cook

34.  Save the last dance for me – Buble

35.  What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

36.  Closing Time – Semisonic

37.  Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

38.  Let’s Get it On – Marvin Gaye

 39.  Lets Go Crazy – Prince

40.  Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler

41.  Theme from Cheers

42.  Time Of Your Life – Green Day

43.  That’s What Friends are For – Dionne Warwick

44.  Theme from Golden Girls

45.  It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye – Boyz II Men

46.  Country Roads – John Denver

18 Cake Cutting Songs for Your Wedding Reception Music

Here are 18 great songs to pick from for your Cake Cutting at your wedding reception.  All Around Raleigh DJ Company is based in Raleigh, NC and we are Raleigh wedding DJ specialists!  We would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts on additional songs!  

1.  Sugar – Maroon 5

2.  Whatever It Is – Zac Brown Band

3.  Sugar, Sugar – Archies

4.  Joy to the World – Three Dog Night

5.  I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher

6.  How Sweet It Is – James Taylor or Marvin Gaye

7.  Better Together – Jack Johnson

8.  Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

9.  Love Makes the World Go ‘Round – Deon Jackson

10.  Sweetest Thing – U2

11.  Just One Look – Doris Troy

12.  Love Grows – Edison Lighthouse

13.  A Kiss To Build a Dream On – Louis Armstrong

14.  When I’m 64 – Beatles

15.  It Had to Be You – Harry Connick Jr.

16.  Love and Marriage (Married w/Children) – Sinatra

17.  Cut the Cake – Average White Band

18.  Honey Bee – Blake Shelton

101 Wedding First Dance Songs

 

Here are 101 first dance songs for your wedding reception…in no particular order.  Remember, every wedding is different and special.  These may not work for you but they should help get you closer!  Good luck! – All Around Raleigh DJ

 

1.  At Last – Etta James (Beyonce has an excellent version too)

2.  All My Life – K-Ci and JoJo

3.  Amazed – Lonestar

4.  Always – Atlantic Star

5.  All of Me – John Legend

6.  La La Means I Love You – Delfonics

7.  I Swear – All For One

8.  Marry Me – Train

9.  I Cross My Heart – George Straight

10.  Me & You – Kenny Chesney

11.  Amazed – Lonestar

12.  Keeper of the Stars – Tracy Byrd

13.  Angel – Aerosmith

14.  Then – Brad Paisley

15.  I Can Love You Like That – All For One

16.  That’s Where It’s At – Sam Cooke

17.  Make You Feel My Love – Adele (Garth Brooks too)

18.  I Do – Paul Brandt

19.  Kissing You – Des’ree

20.  I Choose You – Andy Grammer

21.  Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

22.  Never Let Go – Hanson

23.  You and Me – Dave Matthews Band

24.  Steady As We Go – Dave Matthews Band

25.  This Must Be the Place – The Talking Heads

26.  You’re My Best Friend – Queen

27.  Lucky – Colbie Cailat and Jason Mraz

28.  My Best Friend – Tim McGraw

29.  You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

30.  Keb’ Mo’ – One Friend

31.  Thank You – Led Zeppelin

32.  One – U2

33.  Stolen – Dashboard Confessional

34. La Vie En Rose – Louis Armstrong

35.  Love Song – Cure (311 too)

36.  Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

37.  Sweet and Low – Augustana

38.  I’ll Be – Edwin McCain

39.  You’re Just Too Good to Be True – Lauren Hill (Four Seasons too)

40.  Everything – Michael Buble

41.  Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

42.  Love and Happiness – Al Green

43.  Fade Into You – Mazzie Star

44.  Lovely Day – Bill Withers

45.  Just The Two Of Us – Grover Washington

46.  I Wanna Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler

47.  Rhythm of Love – Plain White T’s

48.  A Kiss To Build A Dream On – Louie Armstrong

49.  A Wink and a Smile – Harry Connick Jr.

50.  I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

51.  Unforgettable – Nat King Cole (With/Without Natalie Cole too)

52.  I Can Love You Like That – John Montgomery

53.  From This Moment On – Shania Twain

54.  Our Love Is Here To Stay – Harry Connick Jr.

55.  No Ordinary Love – Sade

56. When You Say Nothing At All – Allison Krauss

57.  As Time Goes By (A Kiss is Just a Kiss) – Michael Feinstein (Johnny Mathis too)

58.  Faithfully – Journey

59.  The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

60.  Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

61.  I Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis (UB40 too)

62.  Someone Like You – Van Morrison

63.  Can’t Help Falling in Love – Haley Reinhart

64.  When a Man Loves a Woman – Otis Redding

65.  I Will – Dean Martin

66.  Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

67.  Better Together – Jack Johnson

68.  Feels Like Home To Me – Chantal Kreviasuk

69.  Like Red on a Rose – Alan Jackson

70.  Always and Forever – Heatwave

71.  Loving You Is All I Know – The Pretenders

72.  Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

73.  I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders

74.  Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

75.  The Luckiest – Ben Folds

76.  Lost in this Moment – Big & Rich

77.  Wicked Games – Chris Isaac

78.  Breathe Me – Sia

79.  It Won’t Be Like This for Long – Darius Rucker

80.  Sunday Kind of Love – Etta James

81.  That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding

82.  You Are My First, My Last, My Everything – Barry White

83.  You Are My Special Angel – Bobby Helms

84.  Romeo and Juliet – Mark Knopfler

85.  Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am

86.  Forever and Ever Amen – Randy Travis

87.  For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder

88.  Eternal Flame – The Bangles

89.  You Are the Sunshine of my Life – Stevie Wonder

90.  I Only Have Eyes For You – The Flamingos

91.  In My Life – The Beatles

92.  I Will – Beatles

93.  I Just Want to Make Love to You – Etta James

94.  Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts

95.  Fly Me To the Moon – Frank Sinatra

96.  Save the Last Dance For Me – Drifters with Ben E. King

97.  Whatever It Is – Zac Brown Band

98.  L.O.V.E. – Nat King Cole

99.  Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden

100.  You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker

101.  Fields of Gold – Sting

Ashley & Patrick’s Rustic Wedding at Cross+Main in Youngsville, NC

Sometimes clients hire us only a few weeks before their event and sometimes they reach out to us very early in the process.  Ashley & Patrick hired us almost a year before their wedding because they REALLY wanted to have an amazing wedding reception that flowed smoothly and was a blast for all age groups on their wedding day…and they got it!

Ashley & Patrick’s had their small town feeling wedding reception out at the lovely Cross + Main in Youngsville, NC. They did their staged photos with Veritas Digital Photography out on Main Street with all of the quaint small town signs and storefronts.  Then they moved inside for the reception.

The buffet by Rocky Top Catering was amazing, of course!  Ashley and Patrick have very diverse musical tastes. The Grand Entrance was to ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars then we shifted into the first dance which was to the lovely tune ‘Unchained Melody’ by Elvis Presley with the Mother/Son and Father/Daughter dances to ‘My Wish’ by Rascal Flatts and ‘I Loved Her First’ by Heartland respectively.

There were two things that really made this wedding unique: they made it very clear to us that it was important to incorporate their older guests into the wedding dancing so played a lot of fun older dance tunes, but after all IT IS a wedding, so things got a little out rowdy as the night went on.  Also the toasts from Ashely sister, who was her Maid of Honor and Patrick’s Best Man were AMAZING!  We’ve got some great shots on our trademark vintage microphone (which we made wireless!) in the photos below.

 

Here is Ashley & Patrick’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

 

Venue: Cross + Main

Photographer: Veritas Digital Photography

Florist: Brandi’s Botanicals

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Rentals: CE Rentals